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Happy Friday! On today’s Up To Speed Live, host Diana Alvear shared the following updates:

Up To Speed week in review

Tuesday: We shared a beautiful and powerful V Teamer story about a mom who turned her painful loss into a way to support other grieving parents.

Thursday: Our friend George Koroneos introduced us to the motorola one 5G UW ace with Verizon Adaptive Sound — a phone you have to hear to believe.

Storm update

Our teams have been on the ground prepping for Tropical Storm Elsa since last weekend and our network has held up well. Our employees are safe and sound. That's what matters most. Elsa is making her way up the Atlantic coast, bringing a chance for high winds and flooding along the Eastern Seaboard. Our thanks to the Verizon response team for their commitment and hard work.

VtoV Employee Relief Fund

It’s a good time to remind you about our VtoV Employee Relief Fund, where you can donate to help your fellow V Teamers in need.

In critical weather situations like Tropical Storm Elsa, if an employee is unable to gain access to, or live in, their primary residence due to a catastrophic event, VtoV provides assistance with expenses like food, shelter, and clothing. Your donations are 100% tax-deductible and go directly to support the fund. Please consider giving to VtoV today.

Talking BlueJeans with Eric Spadafora

Diana spoke with Vice President and General Manager of BlueJeans, Eric Spadafora. Eric talked about the challenges and opportunities of the past year as the BlueJeans team worked to keep customers connected during the pandemic.

“We’re seeing tremendous momentum,” said Eric. “Last month was our biggest sales month and our most successful quarter. The momentum is actually accelerating.”

Eric also shared his own career journey and the direction he sees BlueJeans headed in the future. “I’m truly a V Teamer. I started as a sales rep, like many of you, worked my way through various positions, including retail, wireless, wireline, B2B, and many more, all within the confines of Verizon. The commonality I see is that we do what we say we’re going to do. We always put the customer first. And that’s what we’re going to continue doing with BlueJeans.”

Verizon wins

We were recently recognized with two awards: PC Mag named Fios one of The Fastest ISPs for 2021 — a title we’ve dominated for a decade — and US News & World Report named Fios one of the Best Internet Service Providers 2021/Best Fiber Internet Provider 2021.

Ronan Dunne shared his appreciation of the Fios teams for their incredible work in continuing to lead the way in our industry. These two Fios awards underscore Fios has best-in-class services on a best-in-class network.

We're also celebrating that for the 16th time, Seramount, formerly Working Mother Media, has ranked Verizon as a Top 10 Best Company for creating a culture that enables multicultural women to achieve their career goals.

Congratulations to all who played a part in these award-winning efforts!

Lightning strikes twice

Did you catch the Stanley Cup championship Wednesday night? Congrats to the Tampa Bay Lightning on their second consecutive Cup.

We are so happy to be partners with the NHL, continuing to provide 5G connectivity in select arenas, giving fans new amazing immersive experiences. Also, be sure to catch the Off the Ice series on the Verizon YouTube channel to see how 5G is helping break down analytics of the entire game for players, coaches and fans alike, before the puck drops for the new season in October.

New from Motorola

Starting July 8, you can get your hands on the most affordable Motorola 5G phone available on Verizon — the motorola one 5G UW ace. It gives you access to all of Verizon’s 5G offerings (including upcoming enhancements to 5G Ultra Wideband leveraging C-Band spectrum) and our brand new Verizon Adaptive Sound system that lets you experience music, games, movies and meetings like never before. The best part? It’s available for only $299.99 — or get it on us with a premium Unlimited plan.

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